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16

Oct

2017

51Degrees Uses Secondary HTTP Headers to Detect The New Nokia 3310

We check out the re-release of an old favourite feature phone and share how we detect the User-Agents.

Author: Anonym

We check out the re-release of an old favourite feature phone and test the device detection results. The new Nokia 3310 does not have a standard User-Agent compared to the majority of mobile devices we detect. The User-Agent for the Nokia 3310 comes as part of the HTTP header produced by Opera Mini, which is the pre-installed data-saving browser for this device.

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11

Oct

2017

DeviceAtlas vs 51Degrees Device Detection

Algorithms, performance and accuracy explained

Author: Anonym

This essential blog compares the approach used by 51Degrees and DeviceAtlas. It describes the high-level operation of each product, areas of difference and associated intellectual property. In simple terms, it will help readers match products to common use cases and formulate tests for evaluation.

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20

Sep

2017

Website Optimisation for Apple devices - iPad and iPhone

51Degrees shares updated JavaScript to enable device detection for Apple devices

Author: Marketing

In 2015 we released a detailed blog on Device Detection for Apple iPhone and iPad. Since then Apple has released the iPhone 6s, 6s+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+, X, XS, XS Max and XR. Identifying Apple devices can be challenging. When putting plans in place to optimise websites for mobile devices like Apple, companies have two choices. Try and run a solution internally or simply have 51Degrees do the work for you with the added benefits of the Apple device properties we provide in our data files.

Because we endeavour to support companies and hobbyists with our unique open source solutions, we are sharing some JavaScript that will enable you to set up an internal solution if you wish. We would, however, encourage you to save yourself the time and effort and use our data files to support your strategic website optimisation decisions.

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31

Aug

2017

Misconceptions hindering publisher revenue growth

And the impact on header bidding today

Author: Anonym

This blog was published on the IAB website on the 31st of August 2017.

James Rosewell, CEO of 51Degrees writes about the misconceptions hindering publisher revenue growth and the impact on header bidding.

It has been 7 years since web professionals went mad for mobile first, Responsive Web Design (RWD), single URL, one size works for websites on every device. Every major publisher in the UK got swept along. Adtech and advertisers had to fit in. Have web professionals forgotten the power of server-side optimisation or the techniques available to them?

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17

Aug

2017

Samsung Internet Usage

51Degrees reviews the Samsung browser popularity

In 2012 Samsung Internet was made available as a stand-alone app and since then it has begun to acquire momentum, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. It has become so well recognised in these regions that its usage topped Mobile Safari. The latest stable release adds features such as Iris Scanning, Samsung Pay Support and Content Blocking. We take a look at the Samsung browser popularity around the globe and how it compares to other android browsers.

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27

Jun

2017

Website Health Check Tips

What is slowing down your website on mobile devices?

Author: Paula

Slow page loading or latency is a common challenge for websites when viewed on mobile devices. Ads may also not appear affecting viewability, revenue income from advertisers and publisher brand safety. This blog gives you some useful tips to establish what is causing the problem.

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Categories: Opinion

Tags: Device Detection, Tips

14

Mar

2016

Accelerated Mobile Pages Launched

Google AMP

Author: Anonym

On the 24th February Google launched AMP. Announced last October, AMP is an open source platform that aims to improve user experience of the mobile Web by reducing the possible complexity of Web pages.

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Categories: Opinion

Tags: Google, AMP

7

Mar

2016

Enhance Conference and the User-Agent

Misconceptions concerning User-Agents are limiting the possibilities

Friday 4th March 2016 saw 180 web professionals all with an interest in progressive enhancement assemble in London for a one day conference organised by Simon McManus.

"The Web is the most hostile software engineering environment imaginable." - Douglas Crockford

I continue to be amazed at how the humble User-Agent is misunderstood. My purpose in writing this blog post is to reset some myths passed down from web professional to web professional over the years concerning User-Agents. This was typified in the debate and conversation I witnessed at Enhance Conference.

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Categories: Opinion

Tags: User-Agent

30

Nov

2015

The Rise and Fall of Blackberry

James Rosewell, Founder and CEO of 51Degrees looks at the rise and fall (and rise again?) of Blackberry.

Author: Anonym

 A topic close to the heart of many of our readers, the much loved Canadian handset company has experienced some turbulent times in the past few years. There’s no denying that they have made some excellent phones, but they are in the middle of a turnaround at the moment (event T-Mobile US’ John Legere recently said “they’re on the up”) in a bid to regain market share, as well as focus on areas such as security software and device management.

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8

Jul

2015

Apple Standalone on Device Detection

Exposing the crippling solution used to detect iPhone and iPad models

Device vendors as varied as the mighty Samsung, to brands like Pantech and Micromax all recognise the importance of identifying different device models when accessing web sites. However, Apple do not fully support this approach.

Some device detection solutions have tried to address the problem by artificially stressing the iPhone or iPad to determine how quickly its processor can complete iterative tasks. Understanding how the device performs under stress provides an indication as to the CPU available and therefore the model of the device. The approach can yield more information but ironically at the expense of user experience as the page load time increases and the battery is drained more rapidly.

If every web site were to stress iPhones and iPads to gain model information the web would slow down for Apple users. This isn’t in Apple’s interest. However, if Apple make a simple change the problem can be avoided.

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